The New Mama Body Reset

That’s right, vaginas and abs. These areas hold to key to a happy, healthy and dry life. (if you know what I mean, mama)

I’ve compiled the greatest little package for you to kickstart your movement practice. I believe that moving your body is the key to your happiness, and rebuilding your strength is the key to holding things together.

And all of that tied up with a pretty blue or pink bow means that you’re more free, strong and energized to take care of your new little bundle. And guess what! It’s only $11!


I’m a bit of an anatomy geek and I love educating women about their body, how it works and what’s holding what in place. SO, you’ll be receiving a fact and anatomy filled PDF with all kinds of goodies that you may or may not want to know about your body after baby. Don’t worry, it’s all good stuff.

I’ve also created a great video for you that teaches you the basics of Pilates and takes you through some great exercises that will help you get back in touch with your abdominals. Whether you’ve had a caesarean or a vaginal delivery, your abs probably aren’t what they used to be, so reconnecting is important.

Along with that, you’ll receive a wonderful interview I recently recorded with my friend, and former client and employer, Dr. Natalie Sampson, DPT. Dr. Natalie and I talked anatomy, and how to rebuild after baby. (of course!) She’s a wealth of information, you’ll love this interview!



And a BONUS! You’ll also receive a second video for when you’re ready to kick it up a notch!

So let’s break this down..

* A 15-minute Pilates Basics Video (you’ll feel it, don’t worry)

* An informative & anatomy clad PDF

* A 45-minute recorded workshop by Dr. Natalie Sampson, DPT (we get into some good stuff)

*A BONUS Pilates video to kick things into high gear

All of these goodies will trickle into your inbox in the next few days starting with today so that you can get your body moving!

Sign up here!


Have questions? Email me!

hugs & kegels,

The Pilates Mama



{Mamas Healing Mamas} Andrea Palencia: Yoga Therapist and creator of Inner Goddess Pregnancy Journey Programs

Hello Pilates loves,

Here is our final (for now!) interview for the {Mamas Healing Mamas} series. My hope for this series was to give you some really great tools, I hope you grabbed the goods!

It’s not too late to leave questions for any of these ladies. You can leave questions or comments on the blogs or contact them directly, they would love to hear from you!

hugs & kegels,

The Pilates Mama


Andrea Palencia: Yoga Therapist and creator of Inner Goddess Pregnancy Journey programs


Please share with us your magical healing powers!

I am a Yoga Therapist and passionately conscious Mama. I have created a journey class for pregnant women, that delves into the emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of pregnancy through journey work and journaling, group activities, art projects, and therapeutic yoga.

The yoga aspect is the base of the program, and is so much more than what you may already know about yoga. You as a whole person and energetic being are taken into consideration. Through this program you are offered the opportunity to shift your life – past, present, and future.

Some of the potent tools that are used are meditations and visualization, breath work, specific questions that will bring what is ready to the surface, physical movement designed to connect you to your body and sacred feminine, and a special form in which to share and connect with other women. I also love to work one on one with women, as this gives the opportunity for deeper connection and specified support.

Yoga therapy really does look at all of you, mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, and energetic, as well as the life that you have lived, both now and past cycles.


Tell us about your home team.

I am Mama to an amazing little Goddess, Aluna, who is just over 10 months as I write this. She is a Virgo and I feel that – so rooted in the physical and so connected to the world around her. My husband is from Colombia, so we balance each other out nicely. He is the typical vibrant latino man, and I love my quiet downtime and internal practices. It’s a challenge sometimes, but this is also what offers growth, and this is something I am continually searching for.

My greatest passion right now is my daughter, and being present to and conscious with her as she grows and changes. I truly believe that parenting with love and respect will change the future of the world.



Besides your work, what else are you passionate about?

I love love love to connect with people, and it lights me up more than anything to be able to support a friend (or anyone) in a moment of need. I love hugs, tea and chocolate, and writing in my journal. I really love to support anyone who is working in the field of conscious conception/fertility, conscious pregnancy, and conscious parenting. I am still working on building my circle, and I so look forward to supporting other women who are working in this way to connect with those who need the help. It is my dream to create a community of consciousness around these things. We as women, Goddesses, and Mother’s CAN change the world.


How do you take care of yourself? 

The most important thing for me is to get grounded into my body each day. As an airy Gemini, it is easy for me to disconnect, and getting down on my yoga mat is my way of reconnection. I love a yin style practice, slow and super connected into the feeling of what my body is experiencing – especially in my hips, where so much emotion is stored. It’s also important for me to take a bit of time each day for self inquiry – What is coming up for me? Where can I find more compassion? Where do I need more support or to speak my needs more?


Over the past few years I have also realized the importance of looking beautiful, which translates to feeling beautiful. I went through a few years of being a bit frumpy, and there is such a difference in putting on clothing that feels decadent and putting on a bit of essential oil or amber paste (my favourite) even if I am not going out that day. I have invested in a wardrobe that is a little more luxurious, and it is so worth it.


Anything I put on my body is natural and chemical free, and this makes all the difference for me. I feel great putting on lotion, washing my hair, and brushing my teeth each day knowing that my body is being honoured.


Lastly, I get my feet on the earth every single day. Bare feet to grass is the best energy recharge! And, a little dance move or hip shimmy is even better.

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Anything else you’d like to share about you, your business or otherwise? 

I’m really an introvert, so talking about myself is an ongoing challenge! I encourage any women out there, whether pregnant or not, whether a Mama or not, to reach out. Reaching out and receiving support is one of the most rewarding things, and it really empowers us as women to grow and work together. And, if you have given birth recently and are struggling in any way, know that you are not alone and that there is so much love and support surrounding you.


Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than the transformation in the way we raise our children.”   ~ Marianne Williamson

“And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to blossom.”

~ Anais Nin


Where can we find you?



{Mamas Healing Mamas} Rachel Bailey: Parenting & Relationship Educator

Hello Pilates friends,

I’ve got more healing mamas for you! This week I’m thrilled to introduce you to Rachel Bailey. You’re going to love getting to know her. Please read, share with friends, and post your questions for Rachel below, she’ll get back to you ASAP.

Hugs & Kegels,
The Pilates Mama


 Rachel Bailey: Parenting & Relationship Educator

Please tell us about your magical healing powers.

I help parents feel better about the way they parent by teaching respect-based strategies for managing children’s frustrating behavior & strong emotions. I work with parents to bring more calm and connection into their homes so they can worry less about their kids and enjoy them more.

Tell us about your home team.

I have two fun-loving daughters (4 and 1 1/2) and an amazingly supportive husband. We live and love in Arcola, Virginia, a suburb of DC in Northern Virginia.


Besides your work, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about teaching the concepts of empathy and compassion to as many people — in as many ways — as possible. I think that if we can learn to be kind to ourselves and to others, and the world will be a different place.

How do you take care of yourself?

I take 10-minute self-care breaks where I do something that will FILL my energy bank! I also try to practice gratitude as much as possible.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about your work?

I’d just love to be able to provide hope and tools for parents who are struggling. I want to teach them that it is possible to feel good about raising responsible, confident kids – even in today’s world!

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

“The way we speak to our children becomes their inner voice.”

Where can we find you?



The Entrepreneur Experience: My interview with Lane Kennedy Levy


Hello, Pilates family!

The tables were turned and I was interviewed by the talented, funny and incredibly gorgeous Lane Kennedy Levy.

She’s on a mission, and she’s confident that women are the key to changing the world. I absolutely agree.

Take a listen, we talk about the up and downs of motherhood, online Pilates and mompreneurs creating some world changing magic.

I’d love to hear from you! Leave any questions or comments below!

hugs & Kegels,

The Pilates Mama


{Mamas Healing Mamas} Chara Armon: Mutual Flourishing Mentor

Hello, friends!

I’ve got another one for you! I’m having so much fun featuring these amazing women on the blog the last few weeks. I hope you’re enjoying them and picking up some great healing tools.

Meet Chara Armon, Mutual Flourishing Mentor. Read all about her and her healing work below, and feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have for her!

big love,

The Pilates Mama



Chara Armon: Mutual Flourishing Mentor


What are your magical healing powers?

I inspire women to see the connections between personal wellness and planetary wellness, between self-care and Earth-care.


Tell us about your home team.

I’m married to a loving scientist and we’re raising three gorgeous children who currently are 15, 12, and 8, along with a French Water Dog and an organic permaculture garden containing plants we love to tend.


Besides your work, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about healing the human-Earth relationship through teaching, activism, and approaches such as permaculture, bio-dynamics, and the Transition movement. I love to be informed about the natural world and how we can repair it, as well as about women’s issues and natural family living. My past work has been as a scholar of history and religion and the human-Earth relationship over time, and those topics continue to be meaningful to me.


How do you take care of yourself?

This is an area where I am trying to grow. I do small bits of yoga and stretching daily, I study Eden Energy Medicine, I benefit from EFT, I’m very thoughtful about my diet, and I walk daily. I have been enjoying wearing more jewelry and feminine clothing and generally embracing my femininity somewhat more. I would like to exercise more and gain relief from some health challenges.


What else would you like to share about you, your work or anything?

I would love to be in contact with any other women, especially mommas, who are on the journey of recognizing and honoring the connections between our personal wellness and the health and stability of the natural world. 

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

“Perhaps the most valuable heritage we can provide for future generations is some sense of the Great Work that is before them of moving the human project from its devastating exploitation to a benight presence [on the Earth].” Thomas Berry


Where can we find you?



New Mama Bliss Found Here!

Hello, Mama!

A big congratulations to you on your sweet little bundle! It’s one of the most joyous times in a woman’s life, holding this tiny little creation that’s so soft and cuddly and smells so yummy- there’s nothing like it.

I adore sniffing new babies, they’re so sweet and new. 🙂

Caring for this little bundle is probably all you want to do, but I’d like to remind you, that caring for yourself is also incredibly important. You are your #1 asset and without taking time for yourself, you may not be able to give 100%.

I speak from experience. After delivering all 3 of my daughters,(via c-section) I took second place, and slowly, but surely, it took it’s toll.

I only say this in hopes of offering some encouragement through experience. However! you’re in luck, because there are now more amazing resources for new mamas- like this incredible packet.

You’ll have access to everything from fitness videos (that’s me!) to loving letters, to soothing meditations.

As a Pilates Instructor and a mama of 3, I know how important it is to reconnect to your abdominals to avoid any issues in the long run. Please enjoy the gentle, yet effective Pilates workout videos included in this magnificent package.


Take a look and grab one for yourself, you’ve earned it. You deserve it.

Sending you big love & hugs,

The Pilates Mama

P.S. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote called, There’s Magic in Movement, where I share more about recovery and strengthening my body and mind through movement.

What I’ve been doing for the last 10 years is raising my three daughters and teaching Pilates. There’s a magical healing that happens when we move our body. My work’s focus is to teach women that a workout is about more than just your body, it’s about being present and available for your family, it’s about raising your vibration and tapping your joy, that will expand to your family, your community and beyond.

When we feel good, and raise the vibration of our body and mind by creating endorphins, it creates a ripple effect, not just in our home but also in our community and beyond.
As a Pilates Instructor and a mother, I wanted to take the knowledge I’d gained and share it with as many women as possible. Why? Because in the last 10 years of solo parenting, moving my body has been my saving grace.


I hit a point in my life where I was sick and tired of living in Blahville– I wanted out. At that point I made a commitment to myself to increase my movement practice. I committed to moving my body a minimum of 3 times per week, and it was life changing.

I rediscovered my joy, I tapped my creativity, and I was hopeful for what was to come.
Think about it. When you’ve made the time to workout, haven’t you felt better for the rest of the day? Didn’t you have a more productive day at work or around the house, refrain from barking at your kids during the morning mad-dash to school plus send your hubby off with a smooch instead of a grunt? Most likely, yes.

Cut to today

I am committed to helping women find their strength in mind, body and soul. By offering Pilates via webcam, I can reach more women anywhere in the world in the convenience of their own home.

In addition to building their physical and mental strength, each of my clients is an active participant in the development of a Mat Pilates teacher trainer course that I’m calling Pilates with Soul.

I’ve partnered with the YWCA in Haiti to bring this Mat Pilates teacher trainer course to their students in hopes of giving them a trade so that they can generate income to sustain their families.

Pilates with Soul, in its entirety, is a Virtual Pilates studio that offers Private and Group Pilates sessions via webcam, a Pilates Mat workout video library, and a 6-week online movement and wellness program.

Being a first-time mama is an amazing experience. The New Mama Welcome Pack blog hop is a celebration of this life changing event! Follow the links to discover more unmissable advice, stories and essential tips. And if you’re a new mama who wants to rock motherhood without guilt, overwhelm or losing yourself, check out the New Mama Welcome Pack here.

New Mama Welcome Pack / Lotte Lane / Dreaming Aloud / Zhendria / Birthing in Conscious Choice / Natalie Garay / Eli Trier / Knecht Ruprecht / Lise Meijer / Naomi Goodlet / A Lifestyle By Design / Story of Mum / Like a Bird / Holistic Mama / Birth Geek / Joyful Parenting / Stroller Packing / My Healthy Beginning / Mums and More / Kate Beddow – Growing Spirits / Ellen Nightingale / Stacie Whitney / Maternity Leavers / Photography for Busy Parents / Close Enough To Kiss / Atelier Susana Tavares / Offbeat Family / Katie m. Berggren ~ Painting Motherhood / Winship Wellness Blog / Liberate From Weight / Jessica Cary / Art + Craft / Raising Playful Tots / Peaceful Mothering / Play Activities / Lauren Nenna / Nurture You / The Adventure Mama / Be Wise Be Healthy / b.a.d.momGoodmom / Doula in Your Pocket / Making Mom Strong / Adrienn Csoknyay / Joyful Parents / Alison Hummel / Simple Solutions for Photos / Lynne Newman / Euphoric Birth / Mumpreneur Mentor / A Walk in the Clouds / Parenting on the Fence / MiaMily


Why I Do What I Do



I sent this to my newsletter subscribers the other day, and I thought you’d like to know, too!


..Why I’ve molded all of my passions into one big, fat, world-changing passion project.

The fact that you’re here means you’re a humanitarian at heart and you’re looking to create change, whether that’s in your life or someone else’s, and that makes you awesome. 

I’m thrilled that I get to share this journey with you. We can do great things together, you and me.

Here’s the story of my passion project and how it began.

It was the summer of 2004, and I was 9 months pregnant with my third daughter, my twin daughters were about 1 1/2 at the time.

I was invited to a fundraising gala for the organization Zoe Children’s Homes by the Zoe leaders who were pastor friends of mine.

Several friends were volunteering at the event, (I couldn’t help since I was about to pop), so I went, thinking it would be a fun night.

Little did I know what I was in for. Holy hell, why hadn’t I heard of sex trafficking before?? I was pissed! I was heartbroken. I was angry. I was hormonal. It was ugly.

Floored. I just couldn’t fathom the what, why, how??

You can’t learn about something that heinous and do nothing, at least I couldn’t. That night, I committed to give of my time and money in any way, shape or form. And, I didn’t have a lot of money to give, folks, I was a mama of 3, flying solo, with very little income coming in.

Fast forward a bit- I contacted Project Exodus, a local organization in Los Angeles and asked how I could help. Being a natural event planner, I offered to organize benefit concerts and other fundraising events for them. Done. Events Coordinator was my title.

Fast forward a bit more- I came across Nick Kristof’s book, Half The Sky,  then Blake Mycoskie’s book, Do Something That Matters.

World. Rocked.

It made me so angry reading about the multiple types of social injustices

that women and children are victims of. No child should ever be a victim of sex trafficking. No parent should ever be so poor that their only hope is to sell their child. And no woman should ever feel less-than, powerless and never have the opportunities and privileges that you and I, so freely have.

Then, in August of 2012, my 10-year old daughter and I went to Haiti to deliver shoes with Again, life changing. I fell in love with the country and the beautiful, joyful, resilient Haitians.

Again, you can’t come back from a country like Haiti, see and experience how they live, and not want to help.

What I’m building now is a Pilates training course to offer in Haiti, in hopes of giving any woman interested, a trade so that she can generate income to sustain her family.

I launched my Virtual Pilates studio in September 2013. In my biggest, wildest dreams, those that I teach in Haiti, will have the same platform to teach on, in order to reach more people and money making opportunities, from around the world.

I’m so excited to tell you that my first training program will be offered to the students of YWCA in Haiti later this year.


By participating in any of my online programs, you are also partnering in my efforts to teach in Haiti.


And there you have it, my friends.

I’m here to start a movement and I’m here to serve.

Now I want to hear from you. Tell me what you’re passionate about and how I can best serve you in this movement Movement.

Love & service,


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